Rising Tensions in the South China Sea

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Rising Tensions in the South China Sea

Griffin Snyder, Writer

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This past week, Chinese fighters flew into Taiwanese airspace, violating the agreement between the two formerly unified nations and representing a serious rise in tensions in the region. For those who are not aware, after the 1949 Communist Revolution in China, the Western-backed overthrown government fled to the Island of Taiwan and consider themselves the true Chinese government in exile. Xi Jingping’s China, however considers Taiwan to be under the jurisdiction of the Chinese Communist Party, which has consistently led to tensions in the region.

Tensions continue to rise, as Philippine President Duterte has threatened to send troops on a “suicide mission” after Chinese troops have occupied a series of islands owned by the Philippines.